The Department of Language Studies (LSD) offers a range of academic programmes that can cater to the needs of diverse group of students. It is committed to offering high quality programmes in the Distance Education mode utilizing innovative modes of teaching. In relation to English, the courses on offer are structured so that students can commence their studies with minimal levels of competence and proceed to a BA in English and English Language Teaching. The Department is also committed to serving the English language needs of all students registered for diverse undergraduate degrees at the OUSL. In recent times, we have also focused attention on enhancing learning opportunities for the two national languages of Sri Lanka: Sinhala and Tamil. The LSD thus offers a range of courses that are relevant to the Sri Lankan context with flexible and affordable avenues of learning where students can achieve professional, social and national goals.


    Department Mission

  To provide high quality language and literature education through Open Distance Learning methods. Its main objective is to produce educated,   responsible and culturally-sensitive citizens with critical, analytical and professional skills.


Important Message for All Students of the Department Of Language Studies

Dear Students,

We hope this message finds all of you and your families in very good health. Though the university remains closed for academic activities until further notice, we would like to remind you that this short break is a good time to catch up on your academic work.

If you are a student of either Diploma in English and English Literature or BA in English and English Language Teaching, particularly Level 3, 4 or 5, kindly use this time to read additional works of literature. We suggest the following websites for literary texts:;;,;; (

At the same time, many university presses are offering open access to their content during this time, the link is:

For Level 4 students, there is an on-line forum for T.S. Eliot (LEU4506) which is functioning. Kindly engage with the forum and update the required discussion at earliest. Because this is a university web server, there will not be any charge on your data packages—but this is a limited offer.

Level 5 students can access LEU5505 Theory and Practice in Language Testing Online e-learning Course, which offers additional reading material related to the Final Examination.

If you are in Level 6, feel free to email your respective supervisors for advice anytime. Some youtube videos that articulate the concepts discussed in the first Day School on your Research Project as well as the later day schools are given below. Please watch and read because the material will help you conceptualize your research better.

Level 6- LEU6702 Methodology in TESL has an online component. Kindly read the material uploaded there which is important for your teaching practicum component. The web sites given below will also offer you additional information on your thesis.

Accurate Referencing is important for all students of our Diploma and Degree programmes. There is a comprehensive APA referencing style guide at:

If you are a student of Advanced Certificate in English for Business and Professional Communication now you have sufficient time to prepare for the CA 02. Think about the Final Examination as well and do your revision. Also access our video lessons through the relevant web-link.

Let us remain confident and resolute during this period. Crisis is not a new notion for us. We will overcome this. Be good enough to follow the advice offered by health professional in your daily lives.


Staff of the Department of Language Studies.